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LMS Route: Grand Junction Railway
LMS Route: Birmingham New Street to Lichfield
LMS Route: Birmingham - Soho Road - Perry Barr - Birmingham

Vauxhall & Duddeston Station (20) Vauxhall Shed (11)

Vauxhall & Duddeston Station

Vauxhall & Duddeston was originally opened as 'Vauxhall' Station in 1837 and served as the temporary terminus of the Grand Junction Railway from Liverpool via Stafford: the first railway to reach Birmingham! The station was located a little to the south of the current station. When the permanent terminus opened at Curzon Street in 1839, 'Vauxhall' became a goods-only station until it was rebuilt a little further to the north and re-opened in 1869 under the auspices of the LNWR, the new company formed by merging the Grand Junction Railway and London & Birmingham Railway in 1846. The entrance and ticket hall were accommodated in a structure built over the railway lines, on the Duddeston Mill Road bridge. Vauxhall was only a temporary station. The building of the Vauxhall Viaduct continued taking the line to Birmingham Station (now demolished) alongside the terminus of the London line at Curzon Street which still stands. The Vauxhall Viaduct is an engineering feat and carries the railway over twenty-eight arches across the River Rea into Curzon Street station. A second viaduct was built on top of it in 1852 to raise the line to the level of New Street Station.

The Royal Mail was first carried between Liverpool and Manchester 1830; mail was carried on the Grand Junction from 1837 and in 1838 the world's first mobile postal sorting began between Vauxhall and Liverpool. It was renamed Vauxhall and Duddeston Station in 1889 before finally becoming 'Duddeston' on 6 May 1974. In 1941 it was hit by a bomb during a night raid and was completely destroyed. It was rebuilt in a temporary fashion, and in the mid-1950s it caught fire and was subsequently rebuilt although the 'new' station looked barely better than the one it replaced.

The Birmingham Journal report for the 4 July 1837 read 'At 7 o'clock precisely in the morning, the bell rang, when the opening train, drawn by the 'Wildfire' engine, commenced moving. The train consisted of eight carriages, all of them First Class, and bearing the following names: 'Greyhound', 'Swallow', 'Liverpool & Birmingham Mail', 'Celerity', 'Umpire', 'Statesman', and 'Birmingham & Manchester Mail!' The train started slowly; but emerging from the yard speedily burst off at a rapid rate. To those, who for the first time witnessed such a scene, it was peculiarly exciting, and the immense multitude, as far as the eye could reach, gave expression to their admiration by loud and long-continued huzzas, and the waving of hats and handkerchiefs.' The train reached its destination four hours later.

View of Vauxhall station serving as the Grand Junction Railway's temporary Birmingham terminus in 1837
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Drakle's Road Book
View of Vauxhall station serving as the Grand Junction Railway's temporary Birmingham terminus in 1837
Looking from the New Street end of the up slow platform towards the station building on Duddeston Mill Road
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JD Norton
Looking from the New Street end of the up slow platform towards the station building on Duddeston Mill Road
Close up showing railway sleepers stacked on the island platform which served both slow lines
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JD Norton
Close up showing railway sleepers stacked on the island platform which served both slow lines
Close up of the passenger waiting room located on the island platform serving the up and down fast lines
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JD Norton
Close up of the passenger waiting room located on the island platform serving the up and down fast lines
View of part of the burnt out booking office sited on the bridge and the island platform serving both fast lines
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JD Norton
View of part of the burnt out booking office sited on the bridge and the island platform serving both fast lines

Close up showing the unusual bench seat and the water tank located adjacent to Duddeston Mill Road bridge
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JD Norton
Close up showing the unusual bench seat and the water tank located adjacent to Duddeston Mill Road bridge
Looking towards Aston from the Curzon Street end of the platforms serving both fast lines on 14th September 1956
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HC Casserley
Looking towards Aston from the Curzon Street end of the platforms serving both fast lines on 14th September 1956
Close up showing in greater detail the goods facilities at Vauxhall and Duddeston on 14th September 2011
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HC Casserley
Close up showing in greater detail the goods facilities at Vauxhall and Duddeston on 14th September 2011
Close up showing the timber framed workmen's hut on the island platforms serving both of the fast lines
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HC Casserley
Close up showing the timber framed workmen's hut on the island platforms serving both of the fast lines
View of the station after the main station building on the bridge had been rebuilt as seen on 15th April 1961
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JD Norton
View of the station after the main station building on the bridge had been rebuilt as seen on 15th April 1961

Close up showing the brick built passenger waiting room located on the island platform serving the slow lines
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JD Norton
Close up showing the brick built passenger waiting room located on the island platform serving the slow lines
Close up showing the station's re-built booking office located above the up slow and down fast lines
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JD Norton
Close up showing the station's re-built booking office located above the up slow and down fast lines
Close up showing the passenger accommodation located on the island platform serving the fast lines
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JD Norton
Close up showing the passenger accommodation located on the island platform serving the fast lines
A number of Saltley men wait on Vauxhall & Duddeston station for the next train to New Street during the late 1960s
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Anon
Saltley men wait on Vauxhall & Duddeston station for the next train to New Street during the late 1960s
Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 No 48930 is seen waiting to depart Vauxhall & Duddeston with an SLS special on 2nd June 1962
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R Shenton
Ex-LNWR 7F 0-8-0 No 48930 is seen waiting to depart Vauxhall & Duddeston with an SLS special on 2nd June 1962

LMS designed (built 1949, diagram D2172) Royal Mail Stowage Van (POS) M30270 at Vauxhall & Duddeston station
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J Doubleday
LMS designed Royal Mail Stowage Van M30270 seen standing at Vauxhall & Duddeston station

Ordnance Survey Maps and Schematic Diagram

An 1886 25 inch to the mile OS map showing Vauxhall & Duddeston station to the north of Duddeston Mill Road
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National Library of Scotland
An 1886 25 inch to the mile OS map showing Vauxhall & Duddeston station to the north of Duddeston Mill Road
A 1902 25 inch to the mile OS map showing Vauxhall & Duddeston station to the south of Duddeston Mill Road
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National Library of Scotland
A 1902 25 inch to the mile OS map showing Vauxhall & Duddeston station to the south of Duddeston Mill Road
A 1913 25 inch to the mile OS map showing Vauxhall & Duddeston station to the south of Duddeston Mill Road
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National Library of Scotland
A 1913 25 inch to the mile OS map showing Vauxhall & Duddeston station to the south of Duddeston Mill Road
Schematic showing the lines between Aston and Curzon street with the branch to Windsor Street Goods station
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Anon
Schematic showing the lines between Aston and Curzon street and Vauxhall & Duddeston station

Vauxhall & Duddeston Station (20) Vauxhall Shed (11)